Vistara Chief Information and Innovation Officer Ravinder Pal Singh resigned. His last working day will be on Jan 15, 2021. “ Ravinder has been instrumental in Vistara’s success, having built a modern, world-class, robust tech foundation. I wish him every success in all his future endeavours,” said CEO Leslie Thng. Vistara has 45 aircraft, including 35 Airbus A320, two Airbus A321neo, six Boeing 737-800NG, and two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Bharti Airtel appointed Pradipt Kapoor as CIO to drive overall Engineering strategy and help the telco to realise the digital vision. Kapoor will also join the Management Board of the company and will report to Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO, Bharti Airtel. Kapoor’s last assignment was at A.P. Moller – Maersk where he was Global Head of Products and Solutions Engineering for a 3000 strong organisation. He has also had formative experience as an entrepreneur.
Indian-American Dr Raj Iyer, a native of Tamil Nadu had taken over as the first CIO of the US Army. Iyer would supervise an annual budget of $ 16 bn and execute policies and programmes to achieve digital overmatch against China and Russia. In 26 yrs of career, he had supported a range of defence and commercial clients and established new organisations in the army, co-founded a tech start-up, and led recovery programmes such as Obamacare.
Bhavesh Gandhi, CIO-Pharma, Piramal Enterprises has moved on and joined Aarti Industries as SVP, Chief Digital & Information Officer. Aarti Industries is a producer of chemicals used in the downstream manufacture of pharma, agrochemicals, polymers, dyes, etc. Gandhi, having 20 yrs of experience, will be responsible for implementing digital tech use cases and value addition to the business. Gandhi in the past has worked with Sun Pharma, IBM, and Cox & Kings etc.
Lohia Group as appointed Jagdip Kumar as Chief Information Officer to spearhead the group’s digital transformation journey. The Kanpur based Group is a diversified manufacturing organisation having an interest in flexible packaging, threads to plastic components for automobiles and machinery. Kumar has over 19 years of work experience and prior to this new role, was associated with Cosmo Films Limited for over a decade as GM-IT.
Sankarson Banerjee, CIO, RBL Bank revealed that before moving 40 apps to cloud in 40 days they did homework for about 1.5 yrs on the processes and benefits. The team did not even tell the backed people about the movement and made sure that no one felt the difference. RBL used data migration tools from AWS, Cloud Endure to ensure the transition went seamless. Practising the transition and testing the process beforehand made the project less complex and cumbersome.
CARE Ratings has appointed A Shiju Rawther as Chief Information & Technology Officer. Shiju’s last assignment was the CIO at Poonawalla Finance. At care he will be heading the entire IT function, strategies, IT and digital transformation for CARE Ratings Limited and its subsidiaries. Shiju has over two decades of experience and holds an Engineering Degree in Computer Science and Engineering and Management Degree in Information Technology.
End-user spending on public cloud services in India will touch $4.1 bn in 2021, a rise of 29.4% from 2020, predicted Gartner. In 2021, spending on managed services and cloud infrastructure will make up to 8% of India’s total IT spend. The low cost of entry provided by public cloud services will influence Indian CIOs to increase spending on the tech. SaaS is projected to be the largest segment in the public cloud services market in 2021, while IaaS will grow the fastest at 44.6%.
Gartner predicted that IT spending in India to grow 6% to a total of $81.9 bn in 2021. Spending in 2020 is impacted by COVID-19 and expected to be at $79.3 bn, down 8.4% from 2019. The growth will come as IT is now positioned as not just a growth enabler, but a ‘survival necessary.’ Spending on the devices (26%) and data centre systems (1.2%) will have the steepest fall. In 2020 CIOs in India, unlike global peers, spurged on enterprise software, IT and communication services.